History of the ‘Hurricane’
No, we’re not talking Katrina here, we’re talking cocktails. The rum-based concoction was created by New Orleans bar owner B.H. “Pat” O’Brien soon after the days of Prohibition in the 1930s. O’Brien owned a speakeasy during the time – one of many in New Orleans – which allowed entry by a password only: “Storm’s Brewin.” By the 1940s, drinking was legal again and O’Brien operated a legitimate business, but liquor supplies were not consistent. The story goes that salesmen during World War II were short on whiskey and heavy on rum. They made bar owners buy 50 cases of rum for one case of whiskey, according to the Pat O’Brien’s website.
With the extra rum in mind, O’Brien created the recipe, which was poured into a hurricane-lamp-shaped glass and served to sailors.
It has since become the official drink of Mardi Gras, served at Pat O’Brien’s Bar in the French Quarter, and at Mardi Gras celebrations everywhere.
Hurricane Drink Recipe Ingredients2 ounces amber rum1/4 cup passion fruit juice, or 1 tablespoon passion fruit syrup1 teaspoon superfine sugar1/2 teaspoon grenadineJuice of 1/2 lime
Cherries and orange slice to garnishIce cubes In a cocktail shaker mix the rum, passion fruit juice and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add the grenadine, and lemon juice and stir to combine. Add the ice cubes and shake. Strain Hurricane into a cocktail glass. Garnish with orange and cherries. Yield: 1 serving http://www.cajuncookingrecipes.com
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